Day 5: Geysir > Seljandafoss > Seljavallalaug > Skogafoss

We made coffee over our little gas stove and strolled over to Strokkur.  We watched the geyser in anticipation, wanting to get pictures of the explosion.

Mission complete.

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After strolling through the Geysir gift shop, we set out to find Hrunalaug.  Unfortunately, it was pouring rain and very muddy.  We made several wrong turns, almost got stuck, and barely were able to make it up a steep hill.  These events definitely shook our confidence.  Luckily, not all was lost since we came across a beautiful Icelandic horse standing in the road.

While on the ring road, we passed Eyjafjallajökull along with some beautiful Icelandic scenery.

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After about 1 hour on the Ring road, we started to see a large waterfall on the horizon.  It was Seljandafoss.  This waterfall was one of the first reasons I ever started researching Iceland after seeing a photo of it on Pinterest.

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There were several tourist buses stopped at the waterfall.  Kyle and I walked behind the waterfall twice and snapped dozens of photos.

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Seljavallalaug, a hidden geothermal, was only 15 minutes down the road.  We had read interesting tidbits about this local secret, so we decided to find this hidden gem with written instruction that we found on a blog.

We ventured down a dirt road toward brilliant green mountains.

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When the road reached a dead end, we knew we were in the right place.  We got out of our camper, tugged on our rain boots for river-crossing, and set off into the mountain valley.  The hike in the valley was amazing!

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We heard splashing and when we rounded a corner, we saw it!  The quaint, rundown bath house dating back to 1929 and the pool embedded beside the mountain.   Clearly the secret had gotten out about this special place since there were nearly a dozen people in the pool.

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The bath house has 3 very small and rustic (by rustic I mean falling apart and moldy) changing rooms that are not private.  The women’s changing room had a window looking out to where people where standing.   So, we decided to come back to this gem at sunrise the next morning!

We headed to Skogafoss.  The waterfall was magnificent.

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We were able to walk right up to the waterfall and feel it’s power.

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For a mere 1100Kr, we were able to camp about 100 yards from the waterfall.

Before hunkering down for the night,  Kyle and I went up the 377 steps to the top of the waterfall for some amazing views.

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At the top, there is a beautiful path along the river — this path is one of the end paths from the national geographic hikes we were on the day before.  We hiked the path until the sun became lost behind the mountains.

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At night, we listened to the roar of the waterfall and the patter of rain on our camper’s roof.

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